Saturday 17 August horse racing tips – O’Meara’s 5/2 chance can strike at Bath

David O'Meara can saddle a winner at Bath on Saturday evening.

David O’Meara can saddle a winner at Bath on Saturday evening.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Saturday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Nine UK and Irish horse racing fixtures go to post throughout Saturday, where the Group Two feature Hungerford Stakes takes centre-stage on Newbury’s racecard which also inlcudes the Group Three Geoffrey Freer Stakes.

Elsewhere, it is Great St Wilfred Handicap day at Ripon, while Doncaster and Newmarket are also racing on the flat in the afternoon alongside Cork in Ireland where the Group Three Give Thanks Stakes heads the agenda at the Irish track.

Meanwhile, Perth are racing over the sticks in the afternoon.

The evening action sees flat racing action from Bath and also Tramore in Ireland; while over the sticks there is a jumps fixture from Market Rasen,

Doncaster (flat) – 1.10 – 4.35pm (7 races)
Cork (flat) – 1.25 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Ripon (flat) – 1.30 – 4.55pm (7 races)
Newbury (flat) – 1.50 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Perth (jumps) – 1.55 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) – 2.10 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Bath (flat) – 4.40 – 7.50pm (7 races)
Market Rasen (jumps) – 5.00 – 8.00pm (7 races)
Tramore (flat) – 5.10 – 8.10pm (7 races)


(2.15) This could be a decent opportunity for FUTURISTIC (11/4, William Hill) to get off the mark at the first attempt, and James Tate’s charge can make a winning debut.

The Shamardal colt is related to a couple of decent sorts which include a Listed winner, and although a relatively modest purchase as a yearling he represents strong connections.

Jockey and stable are both in good form, and this doesn’t look a particularly strong heat despite the presence of debut winner Double Martini who is penalised for his recent success; he can make his presence felt, and no surprise to see him go well here.

(3.25) Having appeared to have needed his first run last term, LAITH ALAREEN (14/1, Coral) went on to win all four subsequent starts on turf, and Ivan Furtado’s charge can quickly pick up the progressive thread once more following his recent reappearance at Newmarket.

The Invincible Spirit gelding posted a course and distance win during that winning spree, and he ought to be much sharper now for his reappearance last month where he finished four lengths’ last of five runners. He ran well for a long way in that contest however, and he could well build ont hat effort.

Likely to strip fitter, he can improve for that return to action and every chance he can go close off this mark.

1.10 – Strong Steps
1.40 – Alpen Rose
2.15 – Futuristic
2.50 – Motafaawit
3.25 – Laith Alareen
4.00 – Tabassor
4.35 – Detachment


Doncaster are racing on the flat on Saturday


(2.25) Any further easing of the ground will certainly suit MORANDO (6/5, Bet365) who ought to appreciate the drop back to this easier grade having been outclassed in recent outings at higher levels.

Andrew Balding’s Kendargent gelding won the St Simon Stakes here last October, and he returned from a break to run out an impressive winner over Kew Gardens at Chester on his reappearance in May to score in the Ormonde Stakes.

He has struggled since, but his subsequent runs have come behind Defoe (twice) jn Group One and Group Two company, and Enable latterly in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

He should find this easier back in Group Three company, and he has won his last two starts at this level, while the greater emphasis on stamina could help eke out some improvment and he can go well in his bid to get back on the scoresheet with conditions here likely to suit.

(3.00) Ripp Orf is dangerous to discount easing in grade, but the smaller field may not play to his strengths and GEORGE WILLIAM (5/1, Paddy Power) can go one better than his latest runner-up effort over course and distance.

The Paco Boy gelding was a multiple winner for Richard Hannon, with his last win coming at Salisbury back in October 2017 from a mark of 97. He disappointed subsequently following that win, and he moved to Ed Walker for whom he shaped well on his stable debut and reappearance from a 432-day absence when finishing fifth behind Land Of Legends at Newmarket in June.

He showed the benefit of that run however to find only Makzeem too good over this course and distance, although he was beaten four lengths. He’s now eased in the weights, and his current mark sees him compete from 4lbs lower than his last winning mark.

He drops into a Class 3 here, and he is 3-5 at this level, while softer ground is no issue and it would be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix.

1.15 – Caravan Of Hope
1.50 – Juan Elcano
2.25 – Morando
3.00 – George William
3.35 – Hey Gaman
4.10 – Adonijah
4.45 – Ocala
5.20 – Nabhan

Hey Gaman

Hey Gaman can win the Saturday feature at Newbury


(2.00) FACE OFF (8/1, William Hill) won at Navan two starts ago, beating Art Of Unity by a half-length, and Charles O’Brien’s charge was subsequently not disgraced behind Master Matt at the Curragh latest where she finished just over one length third.

The Mizzen Mast filly has seen the form of her earlier Navan success franked by the runner-up and winner both scoring since, and the testing conditions last time were arguably a factor in her defeat.

She should appreciate the less testing surface this time around, and she ought to remain capable of another big run here despite a further 1lb rise in the weights.

(3.10) BALADIYA (10/1, Ladbrokes) could be worth chancing to bounce back having been thwarted in her hat-trick attempt last time out behind Miss Jabeam where the Pivotal filly was a shade disappointing having been unsuited by the way the race developed.

Dermot Weld’s charge had won previously at Leopardstown and the Curragh respectively, latterly scoring from out of the handicap. She didn’t help herself with a slow start when last seen, and the sprint to the line off the steady pace wouldn’t have suited; however, she is arguably better than that, and the form of that run was boosted by the fifth winning next time.

She is given another chance to build on her earlier progressive form, and she could do better now.

1.25 – King Of Athens
2.00 – Face Off
2.35 – Marshall Jennings
3.10 – Baladiya
3.45 – Beckwith Place
4.20 – She’s My Dream
4.55 – Moteo
5.25 – Salsa


(2.05) This looks a tricky contest with no real pace angle, and so the race may develop into a tactical sprint for the line; it could be worth chancing then on Richard Fahey’s GROWL (10/1, Coral) who can go well despite his recent profile looking decidedly patchy.

The Oasis Dream gelding is winless for the better part of three years, last tasting success back in November 2016 when winning the Listed Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster in the wake of an excellent runner-up effort behind The Tin Man in that season’s Champion Sprint.

Still capable of good form, he hit a good patch around this time last term, including finishing third in last season’s Great St Wilfred Stakes; and his best effort this campaign has come behind Gulliver at York in June where he finished runner-up.

Ninth when last seen out in the Stewards’ Cup, he finished only a half-length behind a subsequent winner and he has been eased 3lbs in the weights since. It wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see the seven-year old going close here, and while his recent form figures aren’t particularly inspiring, he has the ability to get involved if at his best.

(3.15) BELATED BREATH (14/1, Ladbrokes) bids to get back on the scoresheet here having finished third on each of her last two starts, and Hughie Morrison’s charge can go close.

The Bated Breath filly won four times over this trip last year, and she has been in largely good heart this campaign with a return to winning ways following her reappearance when successful bat Windsor in May.

Although not at her best in a Listed contest on the all-weather subseqeuntly, she has gone on to finish third at Newmarket behind Sunday Star where she was beaten one length; and she filled the same spot on her last outing at Windsor when touched off only by a head behind Show Stealer.

That was a good effort given her draw position, and the winner, runner-up and fourth all raced on the opposite side of the track. She is only 2lbs higher here, and it may pay to be drawn high with the ground drying out at the Yorkshire venue so there appears every chance of a big effort by the four-year old who can go close here.

1.30 – King’s Caper
2.05 – Growl
2.40 – Ventura Lightning
3.15 – Belated Breath
3.50 – Quintada
4.25 – Storm Ahead
4.55 – Euro Implosion

Richard Fahey

Richard Fahey can get amongst the winners at Ripon on Saturday


(3.05) AMALFI DOUG (11/10, Bet365) has been beaten on both starts over fences this term, but Keith Dalgleish’s charge is given another chance having found only one too good each time; while he was latterly beaten less than three lengths behind Creadan Grae over course and distance last month.

The Network gelding has been in the care of several yards, but he has taken his form up a notch having joined this yard where he won both his course and distance outings over hurdles prior to landing his brace of silver medals over fences.

Assuming the heavy ground doesn’t catch him out here, he can continue to give a good account of himself.

(4.15) Only 1lb separates this trio on official ratings, and none of the trio are particularly convincing; but ARDERA CROSS (6/5, William Hill) could be the one to side with having won last time, and the Shantou gelding looks the safest bet to follow up.

William Young’s charge joined this yard from Dan Skelton, for whom he was a winner, and he wasted no time in getting off the mark for his new handler when successful over Oromo at this venue over hurdles in June.

Although not in the same form in a trio of subsequent outings over hurdles and fences, he bounced back at Cartmel latest where he ran out a four lengths’ winner over Ink Master, and a repeat of that effort could be good enough here.

Softer ground is no problem, and he could get an uncontested lead here so he may well prove a hard one to peg back if granted his own way up front.

1.55 – Beast Of Belstane
2.30 – Gallahers Cross
3.05 – Amalfi Doug
3.40 – Green Zone
4.15 – Ardera Cross
4.50 – Max Do Brazil
5.25 – Dream Pioneer


(2.45) LETHAL ANGEL (8/1, Bet365) has been knocking hard on the door to the winners’ enclosure in recent starts, and Stuart Williams’ charge must surely kick it down before much longer in the wake of a string of consistent efforts since returning from a break.

The Lethal Force filly has just one win to her name, scoring at Chelmsford last October, and since reappearing from four months off the track at Doncaster in April she has found the frame in all six outings in 2019 and latterly she found only Look Surprised too strong at Windsor earlier in the month.

She races off the same mark of 70 as in recent outings, and her last outing saw her almost overcome a slow start over the minimum trip where she finished off strongly. Back up in trip here, she can continue to run well and every chance that she can go one better to double her career win tally with another solid effort looking likely.

(3.55) APLOMB (11/4, Paddy Power) struck six days ago at Leicester, scoring by a neck over Typhoon Ten to take his recent tally to two wins from his last three starts having also struck earlier in the campaign at Nottingham.

William Haggas’ Lope De Vega gelding is quickly turned out under a penalty following that success, and he appeared to do the job readily having been hampered early before running on for a comfortable win.

He gave the impression that there may be more to come, and while this represents a step up in class he could prove equal to the task given he remains relatively lightly-raced and so open to further improvement.

2.10 – Premier Power
2.45 – Lethal Angel
3.20 – Lady Red Moon
3.55 – Aplomb
4.30 – Oydis
5.05 – Buckland Boy
5.35 – Fintas


(5.15) MOFAAJI (10/11, Coral) shaped well on his debut at Windsor back in June when sporting first-time cheekpieces, eventually finishing around five lengths’ third behind Drummond Warrior but hinting that he’d be better for the experience.

Simon Crisford’s Animal Kingdom gelding argualy wasn’t seen to best effect having been hampered early before racing keenly later; but with the benefit of experience, he can do better this time around with that run under his belt, and he could improve past the reopposing Grisons who finished ahead of him in that debut but has since failed to build on that run.

He is open to progress, and he could prove a useful sort in time so he is taken to find the requisite improvement to get off the mark at the second attempt.

(6.50) TUKHOOM (5/2, Paddy Power) arrives here on the back of a win last time out at Pontefract ten days ago, and if arriving in similar form then David O’Meara’s charge can follow up here.

The Acclamation gelding was a winner for Michael Herrington previously, scoring in a Redcar claimer back in June; he has been kept busy by his new yard, running five times since, but the application of blinkers seems to have helped him and he has proven a consistent sort.

He had a head to spare over Storm Ahead latest, holding on well for the win, and he is only 2lbs higher here so ought to remain competitive and can post a big effort in what looks a very winnable contest.

4.40 – Society Star
5.15 – Mofaaji
5.50 – Praxedis
6.20 – Singing The Blues
6.50 – Tukhoom
7.20 – Goodwood Sonnet
7.50 – Secret Potion


Bath race on Saturday evening


(5.00) VANCOUVER (8/1, William Hill) was a winner at Taunton back in February, and the Generous gelding has largely acquitted himself well in defeat since with a string of efforts in the frame.

Neil Mulholland’s charge has been mixing hurdles with chasing in recent starts, held back by his jumping in the latter discipline but still managing to finish runner-up and third on his last two starts over the larger obstacles at Uttoxeter in July.

Although he failed to fire at Stratford on his last outing over hurdles, he could be worth chancing back in this sphere where he looks well handicapped now from this mark, while his claiming rider takes off some additional burden.

(7.00) Winning doesn’t come easily to this field, so it may be worth chancing on Ben Case’s WISECRACKER (9/2, William Hill) to finally get off the mark in what appears to be a winnable contest.

The Sageburg gelding found only one too good at Cartmel two starts ago behind Jeu De Mots, beaten one length and only run down late. The third from that contest has won since, and while the winner and selection have both failed to back up their respective runs there is a suspicion that the selection’s latest outing might have come too soon.

He’s been given a few extra days to recover this time around, and he could be capable of exploiting a career-low mark here so is taken to get off the mark under Bryony Frost.

5.00 – Vancouver
5.30 – Present Ranger
6.00 – Land League
6.30 – Butlergrove King
7.00 – Wisecracker
7.30 – Jen’s Boy
8.00 – Oksana


(5.40) PEARL WARRIOR (11/10, Bet365) won with something to spare at Sligo ten days ago, and a repeat of that effort may be enough to see the Dunaden gelding follow up here.

Johnny Murtagh’s charge has been largely consistent this term, going close earlier in the campaign at Cork and Fairyhouse respectively where he bagged a pair of runner-up finishes. Possibly stretched at Bellewstown over a longer trip, he ran well at the Curragh before landing his breakthrough success latest, and there could be more to come from him now.

He ran out a near-five lengths’ winner latest, making all and travelling strongly before asserting, and jockey Shane Foley was allowed the luxury of easing down close home. That was over ten furlongs, but he is effective at this trip and with the yard in decent heart at present he can be expected to go well again.

(7.40) GREENPANDA (7/2, William Hill) has rattled the crossbar the last twice, but the Jeremy mare looks worth siding with on this occasion to get back on the scoresheet.

Gavin Cromwell’s charge posted her last success at Roscommon back in September, beating Mystique by just over one length, and while things didn’t go to plan in the aftermath, she may have been unsuited by the heavy ground on both subsequent outings.

Possibly in need of her first couple of starts back following a break, she has been denied by a head and three-parts of a length in subsequent back-to-back outings at Ballinrobe; but given that she may get an uncontested lead here and she is only 1lb higher in the weights then she ought to give another good account in a winnable contest, and every chance she can come home in front.

5.10 – Eria
5.40 – Pearl Warrior
6.10 – Hannon
6.40 – Sneaky Getaway
7.10 – Magens Moon
7.40 – Greenpanda
8.10 – Molly Kaye